The Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World

The Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World

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Edited by John Roberts

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 880 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 40mm | 599g
  • Publication date: 2 April 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0192801465
  • ISBN 13: 9780192801463
  • Illustrations note: 5 maps
  • Sales rank: 139,106

Product description

Authoritative, wide-ranging, and unrivalled in its accessibility, The Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World is a concise and lucid survey of life in ancient Greece and Rome, spanning 776 BC - AD 180, from the first Olympic games to the death of Marcus Aurelius. An approachable, user-friendly abridgement of the highly acclaimed Oxford Classical Dictionary, this book offers over 2,500 A-Z entries on aspects of life in the classical world, from politics, medicine, philosophy, art, and architecture, to history, myth and religion, mathematics, and literature, with biographical entries on the important individuals - both real and mythological - of the period. Appendices include a clear and comprehensive account of money and its value in the classical world; a chronology of events across Greece and the east and Rome and the west; maps; and a two-way quick-reference gazetteer. This invaluable resource for students and teachers of classics and classical civilization is affordable and quick and easy to use, as well as being a fascinating guide for anyone interested in learning more about the foundations of Western culture.

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Author information

The late John Roberts was Head of Classics at Eton College. He is the author of City of Sokrates (Routledge, 1998), a founder member of the JACT Ancient History Committee, and General Editor of the LACTOR series of translated sources for Greek and Roman history.

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Indispensable for the domestic library. International Review of Biblical Studies an essential volume for all those interested in or studying Classics... This is not only an informative reference book, but a fascinating read and easy to get absorbed in. Journal of Classics Teaching, Issue 12

Table of contents

PREFACE ; LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS ; ABBREVIATIONS ; MAJOR AUTHORS ; NOTES TO THE READER ; THE OXFORD DICTIONARY OF THE CLASSICAL WORLD ; MONEY AND ITS VALUE IN THE CLASSICAL WORLD ; TWO-WAY GAZETTEER: ANCIENT PLACE NAMES AND THEIR MODERN DESCENDANTS ; CHRONOLOGY ; MAPS